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English Buildings Blog · 2d ago

Longleat, Wiltshire

Illustrations of the month: Servants’ HallA good browse in a favourite secondhand bookshop the other day threw up a small surprise. I was attracted by a book cover bearing the title Before t...
English Buildings Blog · 5d ago

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

The colours of memoryI’ve gone on before about the stick-on advertising signs that shopkeepers sometimes put on their windows, and how these stick-on signs sometimes stick around for many ye...
English Buildings Blog · 1W ago

Balham, London

The colours of LondonWalking around Balham with a friend and local resident the other week I was struck by the number of Victorian and Edwardian houses built of white bricks. I’m used to thi...
English Buildings Blog · 1W ago

Photographers’ Gallery, London

The street where you livedThere are still a few weeks for anyone within striking distance of London to see the current exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery of the work of British photogr...
English Buildings Blog · 2W ago

Burford, Oxfordshire

Conversion I don’t recall coming across a Methodist chapel so ornately Classical as the one in Burford. The entrance front is in a local version of the Baroque style made fashionable by arch...
English Buildings Blog · 2W ago

Brodsworth, South Yorkshire

The privy corner of the gardenIt’s not long since we had a lavatory on the blog, but these matters have been in the news recently. English Heritage have just restored a garden privy at Brods...
English Buildings Blog · 2W ago

Farmcote, Gloucestershire

Ancient peaceModern life, even here in the country, involves a lot of noise. Traffic, tractors, chainsaws, guns, the sounds of restoration, the crashes and bangs gleefully made by the people...
English Buildings Blog · 3W ago

Castle Cary, Somerset

Round houseRegular readers will have noticed my fascination with lock-ups, those small town or village prisons, generally used to hold miscreants temporarily – either until they sober up or ...
English Buildings Blog · 4W ago

Bosbury, Herefordshire

Tower powerThe first thing you notice on approaching Holy Trinity, Bosbury, is the tower. There’s nothing unusual in that except that this tower is detached from the main body of the church....
English Buildings Blog · 1M ago

Malvern, Worcestershire

Mobile architecture (2): AncientI'm stepping outside my comfort zone because I want to share the reconstruction of a medieval tent that I saw at the Malvern Heritage Festival shortly after a...